Saturday, January 31, 2015

January OPAM

The first month of the year is always a slow one in my cubbyhole. I just enjoy the holidays, our summer hot weather & not having a schedule to adhere to. Having said that... I did manage to finish 7 projects.
THANK YOU Peg & Kris for organising the ever growing tally once again.
I look forward to making many more OPAM items in 2015.

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I have also joined in the RaiNBoW ScraPPy 2015 challenge... with So Scrappy Blog.
The first month was BLUE... & I scraped in this month by the skin of my teeth... 
I am making bow tie blocks...turning them into a mock snowball... & once I have a few made I will decide on what I will put in each centre.
You can still join in too... just click over to here.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Lets Book It

Sharon from HeRe... host this group each month.
In 2015 Shez & I are trying to use our Nancy Halvorsen each month we will pick a book & make something out of it.

January's choice is Star of Wonder... & the use of the matching panel.
I chose to make 3 cushions.
A small one... Star... which measures 4 x 4 1/2in.
A medium one... Angel... measuring 6 1/2 in square.
And a larger one using several pieces of the panel & some embroidery... & a button. This cushion measures 16 inch square.

Thanks Sharon for encouraging us to use our books
& not just leaving them on a shelf.

You can play along too... just visit Sharon HERE.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

a ReMinDeR & a QuiLT

How is your initial heart gift coming along?
Time is ticking mailing date in February 1st for this swap.
Don't forget to include a nice treat... a chockie or lollies or nuts.
Please let me know when you receive your package as well...
so I can mark you off the sidebar.
I hope you are all enjoying playing along in this swap.

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The Novocastrian Quilters Tuesday Group was on yesterday.
This is just one of the finishes that was shown.
Thought you'd like some "candy" to enjoy...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

My FirsT

item for 1 Xmas Item a Month for a block.
This group is hosted by can find it over HERE...
If you would like to play along with us... just join in.

The block is a design by Yvonne Westwood.
You can find her blog HERE...and her shop HERE.
This block will be made into a special gift...but more on that later.

Thanks Narelle... for hosting in 2015 again.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A FiNisH

at FNSI.
Wendy hosts a virtual get together each month & for January I finished knitting a little cardi for my GD. It's in a very pretty PiNk variegated yarn. The pattern is in a book by Patons... called HaPPy DaYs.

Thank You Wendy... it was FuN...
& to all the other FNSI-ers...Thanks for your wonderful company last night.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CaTcHinG Up

Some extra OPAM items I made in December... for FHFS... Friends Having Fun Swaps

Shez sent these gorgeous gifts to me for Xmas. I had seen a sewing caddy on her blog & admired it... never dreaming I would own one... but now I do... Thanks Shez !

Maria from HERE...sent some Blankets of Love... & they are Just Gorgeous too.

Maria also knitted 2 beanies...1 in PinK & 1 in BLuE.

Her DD Sandra made this one for the project as well.

See the Blankets of Love in full... by clicking on over to HERE.
ThanK YoU Ladies !

DD#2 needed a "Taggie" toy as a gift for a new baby... so to have one on hand... I made two.
If you need to make one... visit my web page HERE... it's a FREE pattern under BaBy/Children.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Anthea from HERE hosts Christmas Thru The Year... & my first item for 2015 is a request from a family member for a  plastic bags holder.
The pattern is available in... Handmade Magazine Vol 29 #5
Thanks Anthea...

Monday, January 19, 2015

SinCe mY LasT BLoG PosT...

On Saturday.. hubby's Canadian family left for home... so the Christmas decorations were finally all packed away...yes VeRy LaTe this year... but our home is now back to normal.
I managed to complete a LiTTLe sewing as well.
Another block for my WSS (wonky star scrappy) quilt is now complete.
This dark greens block is #11 of 16.
Looks nicer in real life...
Finished off a cute embroidery pattern last night...
I've knitted a little more...
I also managed to make a delivery to the Newcastle Childrens Hospital with Blankets of Love.
Two large boxes filled to the brim... so a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who donated.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

SurFinG BLoGs

I would normally have been by to visit by now... but unfortunately time is short as we are playing host to hubby's Canadian family at the moment. Mr Random picked a number for the FNwF January winner & after visiting her blog to see what she had worked on... I have packed up her gifts all ready to be mailed.
But before I say who it is... I must firstly apologise for not getting around to visiting ALL of your blogs to say HeLLo... but I'm sure you will understand this month.
I only managed a little knitting on Friday while driving to a sightseeing destination... so I didn't get to share the night with you all... but I was with you in spirit... lol
This will be a cardigan for my GD... & it's in a pretty variegated yarn.
I hope you all had fun sewing together... & make a note that the next Friday Night with Friends will be on February 6th. If you need another night this month stitching with bloggers...visit Wendy over HERE... Friday Night Sew In... is on Friday January 23rd.
Anyways... it's time to reveal the WiNNer... drum roll please... lol

JOSIE... from Dilly Dimple blog... in Scotland.
You can visit Josie here.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

It's TiMe

to take the 2015 SwaP PLeDGe...

I took the PLeDGe...

I invite anyone and everyone who wants to participate in my swaps to do the same. Place the button on your blog sidebar & post "the pledge"to acknowledge your intention & commitment.


I (insert name) will try my utmost...
·        To always swap on time.
·        To always email a THANK YOU to my partner.
·        To be considerate and thoughtful when choosing a gift.
·        To give my partner the quality of gift that I would like to receive.
·        To communicate when it’s required.
·        To NEVER over commit and let a partner down.
·        To advise the swap mama when I receive my gift.

This I sewomly pledge....

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